8.15.2019

Cat Whisperer

Addy has a new title - Cat Whisperer. 



Lily is afraid wary of everyone but me


and has been since we got her as a teeny tiny kitten almost 10 years ago.


She runs if anyone tries to approach her and hides herself away when the little girls or guests are here. 


So, imagine our surprise when Lily walked over and perched on the couch right beside Addy. And let Addy walk up and pet her several times. Either my polydactyl baby is mellowing or Addy has the magic touch with kitties. 

8.13.2019

Doing All The Things

With only two days left before Addy and Rachel head back to Colorado, we’ve been busy busy busy trying to do all the things. 



Monday was a quick trip to the Reagan Presidential Library to see the Da Vinci exhibition, 


along with the regular exhibits, 


before taking Leia to her first day of archery camp. 

Tuesday started with an Escape Room. So fun! 


Pop and Leia had never done one before but Addy and Rachel are old hands. They finished  3 minutes over the time limit but they figured it out! Addy discovered the hidden door in the first room and Leia solved the last puzzle. It was definitely a team effort. 

 Check out the in-flight arrow in the larger picture!

While Leia headed off to her second day of archery - this time with her own bow - 


everyone else went to see the Lion King. Well, everyone but me and Jac, who needed a nap waaaaaay more than a movie.


Dinner was the second of three birthday celebrations for Leia, who turned 11 today.


Her official party, with swimming and a sleepover, is Saturday but Rachel and Addy won’t be here then, unfortunately. 


And that’s a wrap! We checked all the boxes on Addy’s must-do list, the last being a ride in Pop’s sports car with the top down. The Coloradians head home in the morning, leaving at 5 a.m. so they can be in Vegas for a behind-the-scenes tour and turtle feeding at one of the big hotels, before heading on to Moab and Arches National Park. What an epic finish to their annual girls adventure. 

8.11.2019

Beach Cake

We checked two more items off Addy’s California must-do list 



with a morning visit 


to Channel Islands National Park 


and the adjacent beach in Ventura,


and lunch at In-N-Out. They don’t have that in Colorado!


Then we counted the minutes until it was time to pick up Leia and head to our next adventure - cake decorating at Duff’s CakeMix in Tarzana. 


Leia loves baking and watching shows on Food Network, so this seemed like the perfect surprise for her upcoming birthday. I knew she’d be thrilled.


What really pleased me was how excited Addy was 


and how much fun she and Rachel had decorating their cakes.


Duff’s supplies everything you need,


from the cake or cupcakes, to fondant and buttercream frosting in a rainbow of colors, tools, molds, instruction and more. 


We spent almost 3 hours playing and could easily have stayed another hour or more.


If they had been busy, our time would have been limited to 1 hour - and there’s no way we could have finished these masterpieces in that short a period. Glad we timed it so well!

P.S. It tasted good too!





8.10.2019

Space Day

Today’s Addy-approved goal was to visit two space-related places.



A friend told me about a kid-friendly, hands-on space museum in Downey, 

 Flying her first plane 

and said it was well worth the 2-hour drive.

 Mural made from photographs 

She was right. The Columbia Memorial Space Center is fairly small

 Trying out robotic arms 

but so much fun. Addy loved it. 


Her (and my) favorite part was making paper airplanes and trying to fly them through a circle in the air (red arrow below).

 Red arrow marks the airplane target 

Mine flew higher at first, 


but Addy kept improving hers until she got it through the circle a couple of times and she could fly it almost the length of the entire room. Not bad for her first try at paper plane crafting!


Our plan was to continue on to the Griffith Observatory’s Star Party but that turned out to be a no-go. Traffic was slooooow and backed up for miles, and parking was non-existent unless you wanted to hike a mile up-hill, so we gave up and came home. Viewing the stars would have been nice but we’ll try going during the day when it maybe won’t be as crowded. 


8.09.2019

Addy’s Here!

Addy and her mama arrived late Thursday afternoon, making much better time on their drive from CO than we’d expected.



First order of business was documenting Addy’s latest growth spurt, which put her inches taller than Auntie Marie. And Addy’s only 12! I’m next - Addy’s about a 1/2” shorter than me and she needs just an inch to pass her mom. It could very well happen by her birthday in November.


Next up was dinner and a side trip to Build A Bear. 


I asked Addy if she was too old for stuffies now and she said “heck, no!” Her daddy is going to be soooooooooo happy. 


Today, by Addy’s choice, was crafting day. She turned down going to the Fair or a movie so she and I could sew. 


Addy forgot to bring the purse pattern she wanted to make, so we started checking links on Pinterest,

 Addy’s “stop taking my picture and let me concentrate!” face

finally settling on this tutorial by RedFly Creations, which we enlarged to fit Addy’s school iPad.

 Lining fabric looks like shimmery mermaid scales

A bit of sewing, a bit of ripping (mostly my fault . . .)


and within a few of hours we had a finished masterpiece. Fast, easy and finished - that’s our kind of project. 

8.07.2019

Liberty Octopi Quilt

I put this quilt in the mail today, on its way to a new home in Pennsylvania.



This Liberty of London fabric has been in my stash since April 2018, when I fell hard for that flowery octopi at a local quilt show. It took until the following May to find a pattern I liked and a bit longer still to correctly sew it together (or my interpretation of it, anyway)


I bought the backing on a whim during this year’s quilt shop hop, with no project in mind, just because it made me smile. Turns out crests of tusk-crossed narwhals go perfectly with flowery octopi.


I’m kinda sad to see this one go, and almost wish I’d kept it for myself.  Almost. Hopefully, my baby sister, Cheryl, will love it as much as I do. 

8.06.2019

Wonky All Stars Quilt

I’ve wanted to make Shelly a quilt for a couple of years, but our tastes are so different, I worried she wouldn’t like what I chose. 



In June, I spotted this All Stars quilt tutorial on Missouri Star’s video app and immediately knew this was the one. 

 Finished size is 63 x 72”
A little shopping, 


a little sewing, a little ripping when I didn’t like how a third of the blocks turned out and voila -


I think she likes it!


The pattern was very easy and I was especially pleased at the clever way the leftover  squares from the layer cake (layer cake = 42 10” squares) were used to make the border and cornerstones. The backing - which I forgot to photograph - was the white and black print I bought on the quilt shop run in May. I love it when a stash plan comes together.